Hiking Gunstock Mountain in Gilford NH – Views of Lake Winnipesaukee

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Gunstock Mountain is an awesome ski destination in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It features incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee Range and even Mount Washington. If you are looking for some fantastic views in a quick ascent, this is a great option.

Distance: 2.2 Miles Round Trip (1.77 km)
Height: 2,245 feet (684 meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet (347 meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours

Trails

Gunstock Mountain Trail – 2.2 Miles round Trip – 1,148 Feet Elevation Gain

There are various ways to summit Gunstock, but the most popular and direct route to the summit is the Gunstock Mountain Trail located on Carriage Road in Gilford.

The Gunstock Mountain trail trailhead is located off of Carriage Road in Gilford (directions below), while the brook trail is located at Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort Parking lot.

Other routes include the Brook Trail, the overlook trail, and the ridge trail from Mount Rowe.

Brook Trail – 3.2 Miles Round Trip – 1,270 Feet Elevation Gain

This route begins at the Gunstock Mountain ski area parking and heads up near ski trails and does cross a few. This is an awesome route that features views on the way up, as well as at the summit.

Trail Map

Gunstock Hiking Trail Map

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Belknap Range Trail Maps

Alternate Routes

Hikers may also choose to hike Mount Rowe with Gunstock in a 4.7 mile loops.

Directions

To Gunstock Mountain Trailhead

To Brook Trail

Weather Forecast

Laconia, NH

This Afternoon
Rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 58. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday
Rain showers likely before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Gunstock Mountain Summit

Photos Courtesy of Gunnar Stecher

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about